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Vaccine Certificate QR Code Now Required to Access Certain Businesses and Organizations

As of today, January 4, 2022, Ontarians will now be required to use their enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code to access certain businesses and organizations where proof of vaccination is already required. Vaccine receipts without a QR code will no longer be accepted as valid proof of vaccination.  

Businesses will be required to use the Verify Ontario app to scan the codes and confirm a person’s vaccination status.  

You do not need to download an app or have a smartphone to use your QR code. You can download the QR code certificate from the provincial portal here or call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to have your enhanced vaccine certificate emailed or mailed to you. 

You can save the electronic version of your enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code to your phone or print a paper copy. Businesses must accept both electronic and paper versions. 

You will need to continue to show a piece of identification with your name and date of birth along with your proof of vaccination when visiting select businesses and organizations. 

For anyone without access to a computer, you can: 

  • Visit your local library to use a public computer and internet resources; 

  • Ask a trusted friend or organization to help print a copy; or 

  • Access a Service Ontario location 

Those with medical exemptions also need verified certificates with a QR code as doctor’s notes will no longer be accepted as of January 10. 

For more information, please visit here.